Guest Commentary

At Bridge, we believe in listening to voices from all over our state. Got something to say? Contact us and join the conversation (details below)

How to submit a Guest Commentary

What to know:

Bridge welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff. 

Commentaries must be the author’s original work and preferably will not have appeared first in other publications. Bridge reserves the right to decline submissions at our discretion. 

We reserve the right to edit commentary for grammar, clarity, brevity or to address legal or factual concerns. We may offer editing suggestions, but in the service of making your work more accessible, not to alter your views.   

We do not pay for guest commentary.   

Here are some guidelines: 

  • Columns are usually 500-700 words
  • They generally focus on a Michigan topic or policy and should avoid ad hominem attacks
  • The more direct, distinct and/or intimate your perspective, the more effective your column will be
  • The best columns do more than identify problems; they also offer solutions and facts to back them up 
  • Please include a one- or two-sentence bio, including the writer’s organization or relevant background  
  • Send a good quality, large headshot of the writer(s) as an attachment
  • We also ask that, in return for publishing a guest commentary, the author(s) and their organizations generously promote the link to the published column through your Facebook, Twitter and other social or professional networks.

That’s about it. Keep the writing clear, conversational and free of jargon, and sell our smart and receptive readership on the argument you are trying to make. 

Who to contact: 

Email your submission or idea to Monica Williams at mwilliams@bridgemi.com. Please briefly describe who you are and what you would like to say.

Articles

Some college, no degree, lots of debt: A burden for students, schools and communities

Some college, no degree, lots of debt: A burden for students, schools and communities

December 11, 2015 | Russell Olwell, Marquan Jackson

Getting into college is one thing. Finishing is another. Programs that can help ‘some college’ students become graduates are vital to the state’s economic health.

Time to rewrite the regulatory compact

Time to rewrite the regulatory compact

December 8, 2015 | Rodger Kershner

Rather than rewarding utilities for spending the greatest amount of money on energy investment and infrastructure, we need to align their interests with the public’s in seeking to reduce energy use, safety concerns and pollution.

Hit the books, Michigan, and get smart about economic growth

Hit the books, Michigan, and get smart about economic growth

December 4, 2015 | Lou Glazer

The state will best begin its climb back to prosperity by acknowledging some hard facts about its past – and future. Education and talent are more important than manufacturing.

Legislature must close ‘dark stores’ tax loophole

Legislature must close ‘dark stores’ tax loophole

November 19, 2015 | Dan Gilmartin

Large, big-box retailers are taking advantage of the loophole , which is gutting resources for local schools and essential services across Michigan

More needs to be done for Michigan sex-trafficking victims

More needs to be done for Michigan sex-trafficking victims

November 13, 2015 | Vikram Reddy

Legislation and awareness is a good start, but the next step should be focused on specific areas where work needs to be concentrated.

College affordability will shape Michigan’s future economy

College affordability will shape Michigan’s future economy

November 12, 2015 | Jim Ananich

Bipartisan legislation in Lansing can help lessen the debt for Michigan college graduates

In recovery, Michigan’s real estate marketplace stretches its legs

In recovery, Michigan’s real estate marketplace stretches its legs

November 6, 2015 | Thomas Wackerman

So what’s trending in the state’s real estate? Some segments are doing better than others, but it’s all better than during the recession.

Detroit students unfairly pay the price for the district’s debts

Detroit students unfairly pay the price for the district’s debts

November 5, 2015 | Craig Thiel

Roughly 40 percent of state funds meant to educate Detroit students are being diverted to service past debts incurred by the district. This is not fair to a big city student population already ranked last in the nation.

Help college students get their money's worth

Help college students get their money's worth

October 30, 2015 | Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Tamara Hiler

Just getting there -- even getting through -- isn't enough. Colleges and universities could do more to ensure their students are not just receiving diplomas, but actual educations.

Michigan is the dark money capital of American politics

Michigan is the dark money capital of American politics

October 27, 2015 | Rich Robinson

Record spending on state political campaigns is accompanied by an increased lack of transparency in public reporting, to the detriment of democracy in Michigan

College debt is little understood by the people who should know the most: Students

College debt is little understood by the people who should know the most: Students

October 23, 2015 | Rachel Fishman

With student-loan debt spread among 40 million borrowers, they need to know what is a “reasonable” amount to take on, and have more options for paying it all back.

To repair racial wounds in criminal justice, start with language

To repair racial wounds in criminal justice, start with language

October 16, 2015 | Robert W. Kahle

How would you like to be defined by something you’re not? Ask a ‘non-white’ person.

To raise student accomplishment, raise student expectations

To raise student accomplishment, raise student expectations

October 9, 2015 | Brian Whiston

Michigan’s students are capable of great things, but they have to be asked. Set the bar high, provide support, and watch them rise to the challenge.

Employers should form alliances against coming talent shortages

Employers should form alliances against coming talent shortages

October 9, 2015 | Mark Peters

Paradoxically, training employees to eventually leave their current jobs may be the best strategy for keeping good jobs filled.

In slowly growing Michigan, some interesting migration trends

In slowly growing Michigan, some interesting migration trends

September 25, 2015 | Kurt Metzger

Too many are leaving for the South and West, but among those who are arriving? Many are young and good earners.

Prosecutor: Public safety should be top priority in prison reform

Prosecutor: Public safety should be top priority in prison reform

September 24, 2015 | Mike Wendling

Calls for reforming Michigan’s prison system by releasing thousands more prisoners ignores the fact that Michigan is more violent than other states and only puts the worst offenders behind prison walls

Abuse of no-fault law happens on both sides, hurts victims

Abuse of no-fault law happens on both sides, hurts victims

September 18, 2015 | Stephen H. Sinas, Thomas G. Sinas

Auto-accident victims should be wary of illegal, but still widely practiced, abuses of the system.

You are invited to Detroit Performs LIVE

You are invited to Detroit Performs LIVE

September 17, 2015 | Rich Homberg

Detroit Public Television invites the readers of Bridge to Detroit Performs Live! Bettye LaVette - Jessica Hernandez - Ty Stone - Alexander Zonjic - Ben Sharkey - on Friday at The Fillmore in Detroit.

From ‘un’ to ‘under:’ Coverage gap is health-insurance challenge

From ‘un’ to ‘under:’ Coverage gap is health-insurance challenge

September 11, 2015 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

Getting insurance is only part of the battle. If patients can’t afford their deductibles and co-pays, they can find themselves underinsured, with attendant problems.

Green energy saves money and generates jobs, so no need to change programs

Green energy saves money and generates jobs, so no need to change programs

September 11, 2015 | Sarah Mulkoff

Utility companies have a financial interest in maintaining a system that works in their favor, but Michigan residents deserve better from their lawmakers.

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